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Archive for the ‘Comix’ Category

A HAPPIER HUNDRED PERCENT

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

 

THE NESS

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011






 

FISHTHING: FLASHLIGHTS IN THE INFORMATION

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

This is episode four. The first episode of FISHTHING is here.






 

FISHTHING: ORIGIN OF EARTH

Monday, June 6th, 2011

This is episode three. First episode is here.


This is episode three. Next episode: FISHTHING: FLASHLIGHTS IN THE INFORMATION

 

FISHTHING AND THE CHAIN GANG OF CAUSATION

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

This is episode two. The first episode is here.

This is episode two. Next episode: FISHTHING AND THE ORIGIN OF EARTH

 

FISHTHING

Monday, May 30th, 2011

This is episode one. Next episode: FISHTHING AND THE CHAIN GANG OF CAUSATION

 

page 2 of comic book smith

Monday, August 9th, 2010

page 2 of comic of My First Armed Robbery – art by Blue7, words by Smith

Here is the second page of the comic book Blue7 (aka John Mann) is drawing of my true short story My First Armed Robbery.

As I said about page 1, I love it. I love the heck out of being a comic book character.

Blue is planning on turning three chapters of my memoir into a comic book called Criminal? – The Life and Times of an Honest Man.

Page 1 is below for those who missed it.


page 1 of comic of My First Armed Robbery – art by Blue7, words by Smith

 

the sexual aspect of lady k’s missing comic

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

comic art by Lady K Smith

The last two pages of Lady’s 4-page comic How We Hooked Up were missing online due to a bad link.

It’s been fixed, and now includes the sexual aspect of our first evening.

Anyone interested in the salacious detail, here you are:

HOW WE HOOKED UP
How Smith met Lady K
agentofchaos.com/comix/howwehookedup.php

Here are her other three comics. If you enjoy, write and tell Lady WE WANT MORE COMIX.

COMIC BOOK PHILOSOPHY
On Spirit vs. Mammon in terms of Place
agentofchaos.com/comix/comicbookphilosophy.php

SMITH VS THE LIZARD POLICE
The lizard police are real, and they live under Cleveland’s Tower City
agentofchaos.com/comix/smithvslizards.php

THE LUCKY SEVENS
Numbers don’t lie
agentofchaos.com/comix/theluckysevens.php


comic art by Lady K Smith

 

i slap you in the face with my glove of gauntlet

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Blue7’s cover for speculative comix of my memoir – art by Blue7, Lady K, & Smith

The response I’m getting on the first page of Blue7’s speculative comic book of the story of my 1st armed robbery is phenomenal. Folks are leaving comments saying genius, brilliant, and that for this they’d need a LOVE button instead of a LIKE button to express their feelings.

I agree. I think Blue’s art and approach is absolutely brilliant — I can see exactly why he’s a successful Hollywood storyboard artist. And my words ain’t bad either.

This is a speculative comic he’s doing, done for free by a talented friend in hopes of helping me sell my memoir.

I’m getting tired of the total lack of response from 90% of my inquiries to potential literary agents and publishers and the polite disinterested form letter rejections from the other 10%. If they’re that dense, maybe I’ll bypass them and publish the book myself via Lulu.com, or print 500 copies out of India via our Nepalese poet friend Yuyu. I love it – Lulu, or Yuyu. It’s an omen.

At least that way we’d have a chance of it gaining sales via word-of-mouth because I’d gladly stake my future on what individual readers thought of it, and I have enough of a friend/fan base that we could probably sell 100 copies. If 50% of them liked it enough to convince a friend to buy it, and 50% of them felt the same, etc that’d be 200 books sold.

Plus I know enough cultural media figures and writers around town to get a few articles and reviews and I could advertise in the alternative newspaper and sell a few more at readings etc and we could conceivably end up selling 300-500 books, which would be major bait for a major publication.

Plus this way I could control the look and flow of the book, include some fotos and collages. And I’d put in Blue’s first page of the comic and some of Lady’s comix and we’d have a right fine cultural shindig to bait the bigger budgeted publishers.

It’s an interesting, unusual, dark, funny, underground, outside-the-barcode story I’d read myself if it weren’t already my life. It belongs to the school of Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac, which has no end of possible customer base.

And it could lead to finding a real literary agent and a major publisher.

I’m still going to try a few snail mail inquiries and check out a few more independent publishers and some of the classier university presses, but if I don’t have something concrete by Lady’s birthday this Xmas Eve, I’m putting it out myself.

Screw the dunderheads.

And praise be to Lady who created the whole project, who insisted after hearing my stories that we had a book in there. I dismissed her idea but she went ahead anyway and gathered the material and created version one in Croatia in December 2006. When we returned to the States in fall 2007, she insisted we go down to Mexico to finish it up proper. And we did.

She created the project, gathered the first draft together, passed it to me to edit — and so it went back and forth for ten rewrites each. The final four rewrites I did myself because I know the time line and intricacies needed to finally make it flow all the way through.

Lady also created the cover art and sprinkled my art and fotos throughout as chapter headings. She is one cool lady. Glad she chose me. My first 59 years before her were spectacular, both in ups and downs and adventures illegal and not, but our five years since have raised the bar.

A few friends read version 12 (12 rewrites ago) and liked it, and it’s way better now. And when we read from it at readings, the response is always enthusiastic.

So, sometime in 2011 the book comes out. Right now it’s titled “Criminal – a true story of armed robbery, stolen cars, alternative art, mainstream poetry, underground publishing, robbing the cradle, and leaving the country” by Smith & Lady.

I’m curious how you all feel about that title and would appreciate feedback. Blue7 in his speculative future project to turn it into a seven chapter comic book is using the title “Criminal? The Life and Times of an Honest Man” which I have to admit I like very much as well. His speculative cover art for the memoir comic is above. The round assemblage on the cover is an old art piece of mine, while the color fotograph is a foto Lady took in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2007.

This is it folk. The book’s coming out within the next 12 months unless I have a lot of actual money in my hand and a promise from a publisher. Right now it is 326 pages, 103,484 words and I would hope to sell at $20 or less.

I’m tired of fluxing around with the feeble-minded and the clueless in “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents 2010“.

I’ve got the goods, and I’m going to prove it.

Thank you Lady, thank you Blue, and thank you reality for the life I’ve lead (although there could have been a little less pain and a bit more money along the way).


Criminal cover by Lady, art and foto by Smith

 

comix smith

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

comic of My First Armed Robbery – art by Blue7, words by Smith

Blue7 is turning my true short story My First Armed Robbery into a comic. In fact, he wants to turn my entire unpublished memoir (Criminal – a true story of armed robbery, stolen cars, alternative art, mainstream poetry, underground publishing, robbing the cradle, and leaving the country by Smith & Lady) into a comic book — the seven most significant events in it anyway — using multiple artists.

This is the first page so far, and I love it. I love the heck out of being a comic book character.

I got hooked on being a comic book character when Lady started doing comics of our conversations in France in 2007.

We met Blue7 in Krakow in 2006. He was the leader of the garage cabaret rock band Urban-Jellen Test, and he had Lady and I help open a couple of his concerts reciting our poetry. Some of our fellow openers were a Gypsy violinist, an avant-garde cellist, and a folk singer.

Getting up on stage in a thousand year old stone dungeon-like basement of a club in the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow before a rock audience and reciting my poetry is one of my highlights in life.

Blue had worked on dozens of movies in Hollywood (see list and links below) before getting discouraged by America after 9/11, and he sold his house and took off for a couple years to live in the mountains of Thailand to paint before deciding to go to Poland to start his first rock band, which is where he met his wife Magda.

A year later they stayed with us for a few days in the walled-city of Essaouira, Morocco, before they headed on down to explore South Africa.

The third place we saw them was last year at the annual Rainbow Tribe Gathering in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Lady and I were walking along and there was Magda making jewelry and Blue painting a sign.

You can’t make up this kind of synchronicity.

Blue and Magda are currently back in Los Angeles and he’s working on movies again trying to get enough bread together to go on another adventure.

Blue7’s comic site is web.me.com/blue7is/John_Mann_Film_Work/COMIX/COMIX.html

Lady K’s four comic strips are at agentofchaos.com/comix.php
I love Lady’s comix, as does everyone we’ve met. I and they wish she’d do more of them.

Here’s a short summary of Blue’s IMDB.com listing (InternetMovieDataBase) of the movies he’s worked on.

Art Department:
1. Cowboys & Aliens (2011) (filming) (concepts/boards)
2. The Smurfs (2011) (filming) (storyboard artist)
3. Iron Man 2 (2010) (storyboard artist)
4. Superman Returns (2006) (concept artist)
5. The Missing (2003/I) (storyboard artist)
6. xXx (2002) (storyboard artist)
7. Men in Black II (2002) (storyboard artist)
8. Clockstoppers (2002) (storyboard artist)
9. We Were Soldiers (2002) (storyboard artist)
10. The Fast and the Furious (2001) (storyboard artist)
11. Bedazzled (2000) (storyboard artist)
12. Stuart Little (1999) (storyboard artist)
13. Random Hearts (1999) (concept artist) (uncredited)
14. Message in a Bottle (1999) (storyboard artist)
15. Godzilla (1998) (storyboard artist)
16. Mimic (1997) (designer/storyboards)
17. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) (storyboard artist)
18. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) (storyboard artist) (uncredited)
19. Species (1995) (effects designer)
20. The Specialist (1994) (effects designer)
21. The Getaway (1993) (storyboard artist)
22. Cliffhanger (1993) (storyboard artist)

Visual Effects:
1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) (visual effects artist)
2. Species (1995) (visual effects designer: Boss Film)

Animation Department:
1. Species (1995) (animation director)

Production Designer:
1. The Basement (2005/I)

Director, Writer, Producer and Editor
1. The Girl with a Tail (2001)

For a much fuller film resume, check out
imdb.com/name/nm0542820/resume

And you can sample his Urban-Jellen Test music at
myspace.com/ujtest
and
myspace.com/namedblue7



Blue7 and Magda at Rainbow 2009 – fotos by Smith

 

 
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